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Italy - Factors to watch on Feb. 8

· 02/08/2021 00:00
Italy - Factors to watch on Feb. 8

The following factors could affect Italian markets on Monday.

Reuters has not verified the newspaper reports, and cannot vouch for their accuracy. New items are marked with (*).


For a complete list of diary events in Italy please click on IT/DIA.


GENERAL

Italy reported 270 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, down from 385 the day before, the health ministry said. nL1N2KD0BR


POLITICS

Mario Draghi's prospects of forming a government in Italy were boosted on Saturday when the two largest parties in parliament, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the rightist League, both gave him their conditional backing. nL8N2KC07R

Former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told a meeting of 5-Star Movement groups late on Sunday he does not want to be part of the government Draghi is seeking to put together, Ansa news said, citing sources present at the meeting.


DEBT

Treasury announces sale of BTP bonds, with relative amounts to be auctioned on Feb. 11.

Italy's central bank called on Saturday for cohesion as the country battles a government crisis, saying it was imperative to revive growth and reduce a public debt that the coronavirus pandemic has pushed to levels last seen after World War One. nL1N2KC089


COMPANIES

INTESA SANPAOLO ISP.MI

S&P said on Friday the bank's 2020 results reinforced the view that Intesa's creditworthiness was supported by its conservative and proactive approach to risk management and the strengths of its business model relative to its domestic peers.


ATLANTIA ATL.MI

The infrastructure group has extended to Feb. 24 negotiations with a consortium led by state lender CDP over the sale of its motorway unit, as it strives to end a dispute triggered by the collapse of a bridge run by the division. nL8N2KB4V9

The group plans to hold a board meeting on Feb. 26 to assess the potential binding bid.

CREDITO VALTELLINESE (CREVAL) PCVI.MI

Credit Agricole Italia said on Friday the European Commission had approved its proposed takeover of Italy's Creval. nFWN2KB1SB

Creval holds a board meeting on Monday on preliminary 2020 results.


BANCO BPM BAMI.MI, BPER BANCA EMII.MI, UNIPOL UNPI.MI

The CEO of Banco BPM Giuseppe Castagna met the head of insurer Unipol Carlo Cimbri on Jan 20 to push on talks over a possible tie up of the bank with smaller rival BPER Banca in which Unipol is the largest shareholder, Il Messaggero said on Sunday. But Cimbri and BPER top management are focused first on integrating the branches they secured as part of the UBI-Intesa Sanpaolo merger deal, it said. The paper said Giorgio Girondi, who owns 4% of Banco, had options to buy a further 2% of the bank.


BANCA POPOLARE DI SONDRIO BPSI.MI

Net profit at the Italian cooperative bank declined by 22.4% to 106.6 million euros in 2020, but the lender said it would pay a dividend, in line with European Central Bank indications. nFWN2KB1V7


CREDITO EMILIANO EMBI.MI

Board meeting on preliminary FY results.


BANCA MONTE DEI PASCHI DI SIENA BMPS.MI

The bank is considering a 500 million euro subordinated bond to replenish its capital ahead of a Feb. 25 board meeting, la Repubblica reported on Saturday.

Four US funds are interested in joining the data room process for the sale of the state's stake in the bank, Il Messaggero said on Sunday. Apollo has already written a letter to the lender's board while Blackstone, Lonestar and Hellman & Friedman have said they plan to look at the numbers, it said.


FERRARI RACE.MI

Luxury carmaker Ferrari will pay its workers in Italy a slightly higher annual efficiency bonus based on 2020 performance despite the impact on the auto industry from the coronavirus pandemic. It said it would pay an additional gross sum of 2,100 euros to bring the total gross value of the award to 7,526 euros per employee. As a result of measures, most employees will receive a bonus increase of 7%, it said.


STMICROELECTRONICS STM.MI

The Franco-Italian microchip manufacturer is evaluating a potential bid for Germany's Dialog Semiconductor DLGS.DE, Il Sole 24 Ore reported on Saturday citing rumours.

Dialog Semiconductor confirmed on Sunday it was in advanced talks with Renesas Electronics Corporation 6723.T about a potential sale, valuing it at around $6 billion. nL8N2KD0BI


CFT CFTS.MI

ATS Automation Holdings Italy starts voluntary total takeover bid on all CFT ordinary, multiple-vote and special shares (0730 GMT); ends on March 12.


DIARY

Intesa Sanpaolo ISP.MI and Archdiocese of Turin hold online presentation of joint initiative "Together to support local micro-sized companies" with Intesa Sanpaolo Chairman Gian Maria Gros-Pietro (1030 GMT).


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For Italian market data and news, click on codes in
brackets:


20 biggest gainers (in percentage).............PG.MI

20 biggest losers (in percentage)..............PL.MI

FTSE IT allshare index .FTITLMS

FTSE Mib index........ .FTMIB

FTSE Allstars index... .FTSTAR

FTSE Mid Cap index.... .FTITMC

Block trades.......... .BLK.MI

Stories on Italy...... IT-LEN


For pan-European market data and news, click on codes in
brackets:

European Equities speed guide...................EUR/EQUITY

FTSEurofirst 300 index...............................FTEU3

DJ STOXX index.......................................STOXX

Top 10 STOXX sectors............................PGL.STOXXS

Top 10 EUROSTOXX sectors.......................PGL.STOXXES

Top 10 Eurofirst 300 sectors....................PGL.FTEU3S

Top 25 European pct gainers........................PG.PEUR

Top 25 European pct losers.........................PL.PEUR

Main stock markets:

Dow Jones................DJI Wall Street report ......N

Nikkei 225..............N225 Tokyo report.............T

FTSE 100................FTSE London report............L

Xetra DAX..............GDAXI Frankfurt market stories.F

CAC-40..................FCHI Paris market stories....PA

World Indices.....................................0#.INDEX

Reuters survey of world bourse outlook.........EQUITYPOLL1

Western European IPO diary..........................WEUIPO

European Asset Allocation........................EUR/ASSET

Reuters News at a Glance: Equities...............TOP/EQE

Main currency report:...............................FRX/